International Studies

International Studies Students

Understanding the forces that shape our world today is essential for solving tomorrow's challenges.

As an international studies major, you'll develop a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between cultural, political, economic and social systems—essential knowledge for building a successful future in our increasingly interconnected global community. 

Major Choice

The international studies major is an interdisciplinary program; you'll begin with a group of core courses then choose a concentration either in Culture & Society, with an emphasis in one global region, or International Relations with an emphasis either in political science or economics/business.

Internships and Study Abroad

All international studies majors complete a travel abroad or study abroad experience. Maggie Smith '10 completed an internship in the conservation department of the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, Norway. Colleen Hutchison '12 spent a semester in Cordoba, Argentina. In addition to studying Spanish and Latin American history, politics, literature, and Argentine culture, she traveled throughout the country. "It was the best four months of my life and I highly recommend studying abroad for at least a semester," she says. Elanya Chin '13 participated in two January Term (J-term) trips, traveling to Berlin and El Salvador.


Whether at home or abroad, graduates of R-MC's international studies program can be found in many different fields, including law, finance, education and business. Coleman Adams '04 is an assistant commonwealth's attorney for the state of Virginia. Brendan Toone '06 is an associate at Private Advisors, LLC. Colleen Hutchinson '12 pursued a passion for nonprofit work and now serves as teacher and mentor to a group of young boys in a residential treatment program in Chicago.